Posted on: Tuesday 12 May 2020
Last week, environmental health officers from Torfaen council’s public protection team served prohibition notices to The Castell-y-Bwch public house in Henllys, Cwmbran after customers were found drinking on the premises.
The notices were served after the police found groups of people on the 6 May had been served drinks and were drinking them in the beer garden while waiting to collect a take-away order from the pub.
Using the powers within the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020, which is latest Welsh Government legislation introduced in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, notices were served on Thursday 7 May following breaches of the regulations. Prohibition Notices were served to the manager and premises license holder.
Cllr Mandy Owen, Torfaen’s Executive Member responsible for Public Protection, said: “The law is clear that pubs, like all other food premises, who are operating a take-away service during the Coronavirus pandemic must not allow or encourage the consumption of food or drink on their premises. The council and police continue to work together to ensure that businesses are keeping our communities safe and helping save lives.”
“The vast majority of businesses and the public are following the government’s advice, the council and police will continue to monitor our area to ensure that businesses are keeping our communities safe and helping save lives. These premises, and others that are reported to us, will be monitored by both the council and police for any further breaches. Failure to comply will instigate further formal action in the form of fixed penalties and potentially prosecution by the courts.”
Fixed penalty notices are £60 for first breach and £120 for a second breach and must be paid within 28 days. A review of the premise license may also be considered by both the council and police.